Robert Morton Nance
Nance was born in Cardiff to Cornish parents. He wrote many books and pamphlets on the Cornish language, including a Cornish dictionary, which is a standard work, and edited magazines and pamphlets about Cornwall, including Old Cornwall, the journal of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. Nance was also a nautical archaeologist of distinction and was an originator of the Society for Nautical Research. His insight and learning were displayed in his book Sailing-ship Models which appeared in 1924. He studied art in Britain and France and was both a painter and a skilled craftsman.
Chronology of his life
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- 1873: He was born in Cardiff
- 1898: He wrote "The Merry Ballad of the Cornish Pasty".
- 1906: He moved from Wales and settled at Nancledra near St Ives, Cornwall.
- 1911: He jointly founded the Society for Nautical Research.
- 1920: Together with Henry Jenner, he founded the first Old Cornwall Society at St Ives.
- 1924: The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies was established.
- 1925: The Federation established the periodical Old Cornwall.
- 1928: He jointly founded the Gorsedh Kernow, which was inaugurated at Boscawen-Un, where he took the bardic name Mordon ('Sea Wave').
- 1929: He published Cornish for All using the Unified Cornish spelling system.
- 1951 - 1955: He was President of the Royal Institution of Cornwall for 1951 - 1955.
- 1959: He died and was buried at St Senara's churchyard, Zennor
Selected list of works
- 1912: Speight, E E; Nance, R Morton (1912-01-01). Britain's Sea Story. Henry Frowde. ASIN B000LQ60UM
- 1923: A Glossary of Celtic Words in Cornish Dialect. Falmouth: Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society
- 1924: Sailing-ship Models: a selection from European and American collections with introductory text. London: Halton and Truscott Smith (photographs)
- 1925- : Old Cornwall, as editor and contributor.
- Articles in Old Cornwall, including "The Cornish Language in the Seventeenth Century", in: Old Cornwall; vol. VI, no. 1.
- 1955: Cornish-English Dictionary. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies ISBN 0-902660-05-5
- 1956: The Cledry Plays: drolls of Old Cornwall for village acting and home reading. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies B0000CJH1W [clarification needed]
- 1961: Cornish for All: a guide to Unified Cornish. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. B0000CKWG1 [clarification needed]
- [n.d.]: A Guide to Cornish Place-names; with a list of the words contained in them. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies. (Three editions, before 1971.)
- Obituary in The Times, May 28, 1959